Gordon Atkins

Three years ago, I bought an off-grid Cortijo in a small valley in the Andalucian mountains. This move was not really a planned decision to live of-grid, I just fell in love with the tranquil location. Although, perhaps the lifestyle is in my genes as my grandfather and his four brothers were Homesteaders in Alberta Canada in the 1900s. The mountains of Spain are a difficult place to grow many of the flowers that I was used to in the UK. However, veg grows well all year around peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, lettuce, cucumber, melons and chard all fare well in the Mediterranean climate. This year I aim to build a polytunnel that will extend my growing cycle and range of products. Almond trees provide me with a cash crop of around 1 ton whilst still retaining some to make almond milk and flour. The tranquil setting of this semi-remote location is mentally stimulating and inspiring both during the day and the night when in total darkness the visibility of the stars and planets are amazing.